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afghanistan today. four nato troops were killed in bombings in the east and south. and, eleven afghan policemenç died in separate attacks. amid the killings, general david petraeus-- commander of u.s. and nato troops in afghanistan-- handed over his duties. he is leaving to lead the central intelligence agency. his replacement is u.s. marine corps general john allen. >> it is my intention to maintain the momentum of this campaign, this great campaign on which we have embarked. i will continue to support in every way possible, the recruiting, the training, preparation and equipping and the fielding and the employment of the afghaf oational security forces.ç >> sreenivasan: allen's tenure began just a day after taliban insurgents claimed another high- profile assassination. a close aide to afghan president hamid karzai was killed sunday in a gunbattle at his home in kabul. it followed the murder of karzai's half-brother last week. for more on afghanistan we turn to pam constable, who covers south asia for the "washington post." pam, thanks for being with us. the series of high prof
afghan policemen have been killed in southern afghanistan. attack happened in lashkar, an area due to be handed over to afghan control later this week. it also coincided with the departure of america's top commander, general petraeus, who is leaving to become head of the cia. u.s. marine corps general john allen will take over command of the nato-led forces in afghanistan. the crew of the space shuttle "atlantis" has said a final farewell to colleagues on board the international space station. "atlantis" will undock early on tuesday and is aiming to land back on earth on thursday. its four career members floated through the lock ready for the last trip of the shuttle program. in libya, the struggle continues between pro and taken qaddafi forces with rebels claiming they've retain control of the key oil town of brager. according to a rebel spokesman, the bulk of qaddafi's troops retreated westward. at the same time, rebels in the western city say they're preparing for fresh offensive. outgunned by qaddafi's better equipped forces, they're being forced to find creative ways to arm th
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